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Album Review

Perhaps the stars were right, or perhaps his American company, flush from the unexpected success of Murphy's former bandmates in Love and Rockets, just decided to give Murphy a well-deserved publicity push. Whatever it was, with Deep Murphy scored an honest to goodness American radio/MTV hit thanks to the tender, lively "Cuts You Up," a love song with solid energy and an inspired vocal. It was a perfect calling card for the album as a whole, with Murphy in excelsis throughout and his Hundred Men providing everything from the lush, acoustic guitar wash of "Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem" to the stripped-down Arabic-tinged funk/hip-hop punch of the commanding "Roll Call." Through it all, Murphy simply sounds like he's having the time of his life, singing both for the sheer joy of it and for the dramatic power of his commanding voice. He's even comfortable enough to do an open rewrite of Bauhaus' "In the Flat Field," renamed "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth"; it has almost the same verse structure, definitely some of the same lyrics, but still, it's something he could have only done in his solo days. Quite why nothing else on the album connected with the public as strongly as "Cuts You Up" is a mystery; its follow-up single, "A Strange Kind of Love," was a striking love song, with acoustic guitar and plaintive Statham keyboards supporting one of Murphy's strongest lyrics and performances. Regardless, Deep showed Murphy balancing mass appeal and his own distinct art with perfection.

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My roadtrip home

I remember listening to this album when I drove from Dayton, Ohio to Oklahoma to visit my parents during one of the winters of late 80's; it was recommended to me by my good buddy Greg Y. It was December, and the snow/rain pelted my Plymouth Laser and my wipers struggled to wipe them off, but it kept to the beat of Peter Murphy's entire album. I was in Nirvana while Murphy belted Cuts You Up with my engine whining at 3000 RPMs through Ohio, Indiana, and all the states down to Oklahoma. What a great time to be young and outside of conventional music; thanks Greg. I'm married with kids, but I'm going to relive my youth by downloading this sucker. I'm ready for a road trip again, even though it means a commute to my corporate office in Dallas, TX. Now to get those wipers going again on a simple drizzle since it rarely snows....

My favorite PM album

I'm stunned that more people haven't reviewed Deep. This is my favorite album by Murphy. It is his most lyrical, harmonius, and perhaps least esoteric. Too many people seem to like Cuts You Up, but fail to see the rest of the beauty in his work on this album.

Struggled with the purchase.

I almost didn't buy this, but couldn't find it at my local record store. This recording is so incredible though, I did it anyway. DRM is so ridiculously hypocritcal I almost have to blacken my eye anytime time I buy anything encrypted. Peter Murphy has a voice that sings lyrics that compell one to remember lost loves and broken hearts.

Biography

Born: July 11, 1957 in Northampton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Despite having a successful solo career as a cult artist, vocalist Peter Murphy remains best known as the lead singer for Bauhaus, the pioneering post-punk goth rock band of the early '80s. After disbanding Bauhaus in 1983, Murphy formed Dali's Car with former Japan member Mick Karn. Dali's Car only released one album, The Waking Hour, in 1984. Following its release, the duo broke up and Murphy hesitatingly began a solo career with a cover of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me," which was featured...
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